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Hotter-Than-Expected Neutron Star Surfaces Help Explain Superburst Frequency


April 13, 2007

Neuron star accreting matter from a giant red star A new theoretical thermometer built from heavy-duty mathematics and computer code suggests that the surfaces of certain neutron stars run significantly hotter than previously expected. Hot enough, in fact, to at least partially answer an open question in astrophysics--how to explain the observed frequency of ultra violent explosions, known as superbursts, that sometimes ignite on such stars' surfaces? Full Story

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